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CAIR Participates in Dialogue with European Muslims

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


U.S.-sponsored gathering focused on Muslims in the West

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/18/05) – Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) participated this week in a U.S.-sponsored conference in Belgium, titled “Muslim Communities Participating in Society,” that brought together American, Belgian and European Muslim leaders.

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar joined some 100 other Muslim leaders, activists, Imams, business people, elected officials, media professionals, students, educators, and artists to discuss common concerns and mutual interests of the Islamic communities in the United States, Belgium and Europe. Discussion topics included Muslims and civic life, media portrayals, women’s issues, youth development, and economic opportunity.

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The conference, sponsored by U.S. envoy to Belgium Ambassador Tom Korologos, resulted in proposals for sister city agreements, exchange programs and business initiatives. Belgium is home to more than 400,000 Muslims, mainly from Morocco and Turkey.

“We were honored to be a part of such a ground-breaking dialogue and hope this conference can serve as a prototype for similar gatherings in Europe and North America,” said CAIR’s Iftikhar.

Both Awad and Iftikhar will offer a briefing on the conference during a forum sponsored by CAIR at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, November 21. The forum, titled “The Riots in France: Disenfranchisement and Integration,” will also feature presentations by France’s Ambassador Jean-David Levitte and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati. Al-Marayati also attended this week’s conference in Belgium.

WHAT: The Riots in France: Disenfranchisement and Integration
WHEN: Monday, November 21, 9:30-11 a.m.
WHERE: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Admission is free, but seating is limited. Attendees are required to make a reservation by e-mailing:

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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